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The SmartHome, The Service Provider, and Connectivity

The SmartHome market is important for consumers for many reasons - energy savings, additional security and improved quality of life to name...

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Part 3 of Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. CPE Phone Systems

In part 2 of this series I discussed price. Now let’s wrap up this series and talk about Unified Communications, features and...

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How to Prepare for The Future of Work

The future of work continues to change and the predictions of mass joblessness as a result of AI and robotic automation have...

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Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. On Premise Phone Systems (Part 2)

In Part 1 we discussed some of the considerations that would affect a cloud vs on-premise solution. Now I’d like to start...

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Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. On Premise Phone Systems

Purchasing communications infrastructure equipment for your business, whether it’s data routers, SBCs or phone communication systems is difficult.  There are many vendor...

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Making Sense of Blockchain and Nothing Can Be Hidden in it?

The Bitfury Group and First Block Capital, on January 11, 2018, announced they had invested in Emercoin and would support the ground-breaking...

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Openpath Intros Next-Gen Access Control System

As everything in our lives has become smart; the phone, speaker, lights, cities, thermostats and doorbells, the reality is that pretty much...

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The Evolution of the Software Media Server

January 4, 2018



As part of Intel in the late 1990’s the Dialogic division saw a window into the incredible processing power of the forthcoming Intel CPUs and decided to port the media processing DSP functions such as echo cancel, play/record, codec creation, conferencing and speech processing, to name a few, to the Intel processor.   In those New Jersey labs on Route 10, the software media server was born.  These functions were running on a host based server and our incredible marketing department at the time came up with the term Host Media Processing (HMP).   It stuck.

Considerations for Cloud Based SBC's Part 2

January 2, 2018

 

As Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) takes hold, which means there are key communications infrastructure nodes running your business that are now out of your physical control because they are running in the cloud, the ability to understand how these nodes are performing is more critical than ever. 

In the December 19th blog, I explored the importance of the ability for an SBC to scale in a cloud environment.

Considerations for Cloud Based SBC's

December 19, 2017



As more and more enterprises are turning away from CPE based equipment to cloud-based services, Infrastructure as a Service is becoming more prevalent.  One of the key infrastructure nodes that will be required on these enterprise IP-based virtual networks will be SBCs.  These SBCs will still be required to serve their traditional roles including securing the network border and media transcoding for the cloud-based services, such as Unified Communications, that they support. 

2018 (Likely Wrong) Predictions

December 12, 2017





Last year, I refrained from making any telecom predictions.   And no one complained.  And this year I was content to continue down that path.  However, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse regarding making 2018 predictions for the Fast Mode 2018 Trends and Outlook, so I did. 



Value Added Services In IoT

December 5, 2017


A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at TechXLR8 Asia in Singapore.  It was a dynamic conference covering topics such as 5G and IoT.  I spoke about the convergence of IoT and Real Time Communications, which we’re already starting to see.

Many of us are familiar with the concept of value-added services in communications. 

Call and Talk to Watson

November 21, 2017

The future contact center is an exciting place.  Artificial Intelligence will be front and center.  The elements of some of this exist today.  First of all, we are seeing Chatbots enter the scene which prompt you and respond to you. 

Why Media Gateways Anymore?

November 7, 2017


This past summer, I wrote a few blogs relating to older technologies such as PSTN, SS7, Fax, etc.  At Dialogic, part of what we do is live in the world of bridging these older technologies to today.  The older technologies live on longer than any of us might imagine, and we have customers who still buy these technologies for various reasons – all revolving around the networks still being used, no matter how much we hear about LTE. And thus, there is business for them and thus, us to be had.

The Importance of SS7 to SIP Interoperability

October 24, 2017

SIP endpoints such as softphones / headsets used for IP based enterprise VoIP calls,  for WiFi calls, and for calls from third party communication apps such as WhatsApp, Viber etc. are becoming the norm. And with continued integration on the phone side (see Apple CallKit), these will continue to proliferate.

However, 3G is not going anywhere for a long period of time

Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

October 17, 2017



I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one of many hot topics about 5G. 5G, after all, is going to solve every potential mobile cellular issue we’ve ever come across. At least it seems that way. 

Building Scalable Video Applications

October 10, 2017


“In Many Cases, Media Servers Make or Break the Real-Time Video Application.”  

So it says in the beginning of the white paper “Building Real-Time Video Apps that Scale” written by BlogGeek.Me. I couldn’t agree more considering media servers are at the heart of real-time communication applications.

With respect to video and real-time communciations, there are various methods required to create the best video applications, depending on the application. One method is to use a centralized approach where differnet media formats may be transformed to single format and then sent out. 

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